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Big City Radio fined over licence breaches

A £500 penalty has been imposed on Big City Radio, which broadcasts to Aston in Birmingham, for failing to deliver its Key Commitments relating to the number of hours of original output in 2018. Ofcom asked for recordings of the station’s output and programme schedules from July and August 2018 after receiving two complaints that the station wasn’t broadcasting enough original output each day, as set out in its Key Commitments. The investigation found that there was significantly less original ...
Tags: Radio, Ofcom, Birmingham, Aston, Community Radio, Big City Radio


Annie Mac signs up as Reform Radio ambassador

Manchester online radio station Reform Radio has appointed BBC Radio 1 presenter Annie Mac as its first ambassador. Annie’s role as an ambassador for Reform Radio will see her supporting and strengthening the work of the social enterprise, which uses the engagement of radio and music to work with young people looking for employment.   On the appointment, Annie Mac says: “I’m really honoured to take on the role of ambassador for such a brilliant organisation as Reform Radio. The work it does i...
Tags: Top, People, Radio, Manchester, Annie, BBC Radio, Annie Mac, Community Radio, Reform Radio, Rachel Roger


Four more community radio stations awarded

Ofcom has awarded four new community radio licences in England and Northern Ireland. The stations are Border City Radio in Carlisle; Chiltern Voice in Amersham and Chesham, Buckinghamshire; Wallingford Radio in Oxfordshire and Radio Ballymena in County Antrim. Border City Radio will provide a service for all sections of the community in Carlisle. It will focus on bringing people together, helping the deprived and developing skills for young people. Chiltern Voice will serve the people of Amer...
Tags: England, Radio, Ofcom, Northern Ireland, Carlisle, Oxfordshire, Ballymena, Wallingford, Chesham, Community Radio, Amersham, Chesham Buckinghamshire, Border City Radio, Chiltern Voice, Wallingford Radio, Radio Ballymena


Bauer-supported Caithness FM moves to its own frequency

Community radio service Caithness FM has launched its own frequency of 106.5 in the Scottish Highlands. Until now, and for the last 24 years, the service has used the 102.5FM frequency from MFR to broadcast local programmes in the evenings. Now MFR will broadcast 24/7 in the area instead. Caithness FM will continue to re-broadcast MFR but will start its own shows at 6pm and have the flexibility to expand the output in the future. The partnership has provided an economical solution for the com...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Ofcom, Station, David Walker, Bauer, Moray, Caithness, Mfr, Cairngorms National Park, Bauer Media, Community Radio, Jackie Johnson, Caithness Fm, Keith Community Radio


Date & venue set for 2020 Community Media Conference

The 2020 Community Media Conference will be held at the University of Bedfordshire in Luton on Saturday 27th June, the Community Media Association has confirmed. Last year’s event addressed a number of key themes of production, Small Scale DAB, funding & sustainability, and industry discussions. Topics for 2020 will include Small Scale DAB and feature a number of practical workshops and a range of panel format sessions. Danny Lawrence, Chairman of the Community Media Association told RadioTo...
Tags: Bbc, Radio, Cma, Luton, Danny, Danny Lawrence, Community Radio, Community Media Association, Small Scale DAB, CMA Council, Community Media Conference, University of Bedfordshire


Community Media Association Chairs reappointed

The Community Media Association has confirmed the reappointment of its Chair, Vice-Chair and Treasurer. Danny Lawrence from Gateway 97.8 continues as the Chairman, Janey Gordon from the University of Bedfordshire and Richard Hilton of the Community Radio Fund will also continue in their roles of Vice-Chair and Treasurer, respectively. Other members of the CMA Council for 2020 are Dom Chambers, Lol Gellor, Gloria Khamkar, and Javed Sattar. Danny Lawrence told RadioToday: “I’m delighted to be ...
Tags: Radio, Ofcom, Salford, Cma, Danny, Isleworth, Danny Lawrence, Community Radio, Community Media Association, BBC MediaCityUK, Richard Hilton, CMA Council, Janey Gordon, University of Bedfordshire, Community Radio Fund, Community Media Association Chairs


Complaint upheld against Milton Keynes radio station

Secklow Sounds has been found in breach of the Ofcom Broadcasting Code for playing a sweary version of “Can I have it Like That” by Pharrell – twice. The community radio service played the unedited song on 19 July 2019 at 14:56 and again on 24 July 2019 at 11:56. The lyrics included one use each of “bi*ch” and “sh*t” and four uses of the word “ni**er”. In reaction, the station acknowledged that this type of language was not acceptable to its listeners and said it had and would continue to “pu...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ofcom, Pharrell, Milton Keynes, Community Radio, Secklow Sounds


ExmouthAiR Radio in breach for offensive language

Community radio station ExmouthAir in Devon has been found in breach of the Broadcasting Code for the use of offensive language. One person made a complaint to Ofcom that the broadcast of the song “Sorry I Let You Down” by Matthew Gordon-Price, as played during The Gig Guide with Nigel Tant, included a use of the word “fu**ed”. The Licensee acknowledged its unintentional and accidental inclusion of offensive language and apologised unreservedly for the offence caused by the broadcast of the s...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ofcom, Devon, Community Radio, Matthew Gordon Price, Exmouthair, Nigel Tant


Community radio station members record Christmas single

Members of Northamptonshire’s business community have recorded a Christmas charity single recorded at the University of Northampton’s NLive radio studios. The cast of singers, which included colleagues from the University, sang Band Aid’s 1984 song Do They Know It’s Christmas? in a bid to raise funds for KidsAid. The Northampton-based charity provides therapeutic support for children and young people affected by traumatic events such as family breakdown, bereavement, domestic violence, abuse ...
Tags: University, Radio, Northampton, Band Aid, Northamptonshire, Community Radio, Martin Steers, University of Northampton, NLive, Nick Petford Lecturer, Adrian Pryce, Charlotte Patrick Key Sector


Four new community stations awarded by Ofcom

Ofcom has today announced the award of four new community radio licences in England, Scotland and Wales. The new stations will serve communities in Shaftesbury, Dorset in England; Shotts in Lanarkshire, Scotland; Merthyr Tydfil in South Wales; and Towyn, Conwy, in North Wales. Alfred will provide a service for the community of Shaftesbury and the surrounding rural area, and has been set up by Radio Scilly founder, and former Town and Country Broadcasting Director Keri Jones. Listen Lanarkshir...
Tags: England, Top, Wales, Radio, Ofcom, South Wales, Dorset, Alfred, England Scotland, Rhyl, Lanarkshire, Shotts, Keri Jones, Radio Scilly, Town And Country Broadcasting, Shaftesbury


Complaints upheld against station playing Melting Pot by Blue Mink

Ofcom has found Black Diamond FM in breach of its community radio licence after two complaints were received about the station playing Melting Pot by Blue Mink. The song aired in a programme presented by Geoff Ruderham just days after Ofcom published a decision about Gold removing the song from its playlist following a complaint. No introduction to the track was broadcast, or any other content discussing it to justify its context. Black Diamond FM said it was familiar with Ofcom’s recent Dec...
Tags: Top, Scotland, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Community Radio, Geoff Ruderham, Black Diamond FM


Sine FM in trouble for 65 swear words broadcast in one hour

Community radio station Sine FM in Doncaster has been found in breach of the Broadcast Code for playing a music mix containing over 60 swear words. The station says the presenter of High Definition, an Urban music show, was distracted by an urgent family phone call so selected an unedited mix of music tracks to play out by mistake. Higher Rhythm, which holds the licence for Sine FM, apologised for this incident and accepted this part of the show was “littered with expletives”. The Licensee sa...
Tags: Top, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Doncaster, Licensee, Community Radio, Sine Fm


Radio St. Austell Bay in trouble again for its news bulletins

Radio St. Austell Bay has been found in breach of the Ofcom Broadcast Code for the second time this year for its news bulletins. Ofcom received four complaints that expressed concern that the 15-year-old presenter of Drivetime was laughing as he read out a news story at naming the victim of a fatal hit and run collision. The news item was repeated at 18:00. While taking it in turns to read the items on the news bulletin at 17:00, the regular presenter and his friend who was also in the studio...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ofcom, Licensee, Community Radio, The South of England, Radio St Austell Bay, Austell Bay, RSAB, Morrison Ofcom


Ofcom approves new short-term restricted service licence policy

Ofcom has agreed to change its policy on granting short-term restricted service licences, following a consultation. The changes, which apply immediately, allow the same applicant to be granted more than two SRSLs in a single year, subject to certain conditions. SRSL applications can now also be considered for services that offer similar content to existing commercial and community radio stations in the same area. Ofcom will still have the power to refuse awarding more than two SRSLs per year,...
Tags: Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Community Radio, SRSL


Apology for radio F-word came four months too late

Community radio station Fiesta FM broadcast an on-air apology four months after playing a song that contained the F-word. Finding the Southampton station for the Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese communities in breach of the Ofcom code, the regulator reports that it had played the album version of The Beautiful South’s ‘Don’t Marry Her’ at 6.48pm on Saturday 29th June 2019. The station then broadcast an apology, in Spanish, on Wednesday 16th October at 11am. In its response to Ofcom, Fie...
Tags: Radio, Southampton, Ofcom, Fiesta, Community Radio, The South of England, Fiesta FM, Ofcom Fiesta FM


Community radio station in breach over sandwich plug in news

A community radio station which broadcast an advert for a supermarket’s new sandwich in its news bulletin has been ruled in breach of the Ofcom code. Radio St Austell Bay in Cornwall included promotion for Morrisons’ new ‘Ham, egg and chips’ flavoured sandwich in the 11am bulletin on 12th August this year, with the newsreader saying: “Supermarket chain Morrisons is launching a new limited-edition sandwich that has all the flavours of a classic British pub favourite. Ham, egg and chips. The ne...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ofcom, Morrisons, Cornwall, Ham, Licensee, Community Radio, The West of England, Radio St Austell Bay, Austell Bay


CMA wants more support from prospective MPs

The Community Media Association is calling on its members, their friends and family, and the wider public to ask for more support and recognition for community radio from prospective MPs. The announcement comes ahead of the deadline for all prospective candidates to submit their nomination for the upcoming General Election. The CMA highlights three possible initiatives that will benefit current and aspiring community radio stations: 1. To call for a substantial increase in the Community Radi...
Tags: Top, Radio, Ofcom, Cma, DCMS, Community Radio, Community Media Association, Department for Digital Culture Media, Community Radio Fund


Ofcom reminds radio broadcasters of rules around Elections

Ofcom is reminding radio stations that they must comply with the rules for election-related programming ahead of the General Election on December 12th. In particular, the regulator is highlighting Sections Five (Due Impartiality) and Six (Elections and Referendums) of the Code, as well as the prohibition on political advertising contained in section 321 of the Communications Act 2003 and reflected in Section 7 of the BCAP Code. As in previous years, following the removal of the concept of lar...
Tags: Top, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, General Election, Electoral Commission, Student Radio, Community Radio, Devaweb, Paul Chantler, General Election Ofcom


Winners announced at the 2019 Community Radio Awards

All the winners for the 2019 Community Radio Awards have been announced at an event in Barry, South Wales. More than 50 projects have been recognised in front of an audience of 150 volunteers and staff from a range of stations. The event was hosted by last year’s Female and Male gold recipients Julie Donaldson and Mark Jarvis, and took place after the Community Radio Now & Next Conference which was held in the same place. Martin Steers, awards chair, said: “In just four years, the Community R...
Tags: UK, Top, Wales, Awards, Radio, Showtime, Cambridge, Swindon, Cic, Marlow, Bfbs, Barry south Wales, Chris Kaye, HCR, Community Radio Awards, Community Radio


Express FM to host 48-hour radio broadcast for charity

Express FM’s station producer and breakfast host, Mason Jordan, has taken on the challenge of a 48-hour radio broadcast in aid of local charities. He’s aiming to raise at least £1,500 to split equally between three charities – All Call Signs, Pompey in the Community, and The Portsmouth Hospitals Charity. A team of producers will be supporting Mason over the 48-hour show, which will take place from the 30th of October to the 1st of November. Miles Henson, Station Director, Express FM, said: “I...
Tags: People, Radio, Pompey, Mason, Community Radio, Mason Jordan, Express Fm, Portsmouth Hospitals Charity, Miles Henson Station Director Express FM, Great Waterfront City


Secretary of State for Wales to open radio event

The annual Community Radio: Now & Next day, taking place in Barry on Saturday 26th October, will be opened the Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns MP. The announcement comes as organisers move to a larger venue, as demand for tickets was higher than expected. With over 40 radio stations expected to attend, it will now be held at the Memorial Hall in Barry. The Community Radio Awards are also being held there on the same day, later in the evening. Event organiser Dom Chambers told RadioTo...
Tags: Top, Wales, Radio, Ofcom, Swindon, Barry, State, Memorial Hall, Phil Johnson, Danny Lawrence, Community Radio, Martin Steers, Dom Chambers, David Harber, Local Radio Alliance, State for Wales Alun Cairns


BBC Radio 1 wants demos from local radio presenters

Anyone with radio experience is being invited to send their demo to BBC Radio 1 with a chance of appearing on the Christmas schedule. From Boxing Day until New Year’s Eve, Radio 1 wants to showcase the best in new and emerging talent and offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to broadcast nationally with them. The station is looking for those who know their way around a radio desk and have previous radio experience, be it in community, hospital, student or local radio. Aspiring presenters ca...
Tags: UK, Top, Industry, Radio, BBC Radio, Hospital Radio, Bbc Radio 1, Student Radio, Community Radio, Haydn Jones Head of Programmes BBC Radio


Ofcom proposes to allow more than two SRSLs per year

Ofcom has started a consultation on a plan to allow a single operator to run more than two SRSLs per year. At the moment, one person or company can only run two Short-term Restricted Services Licences per year, or one if within the M25. Current rules also state that the programme format of a short-term restricted service should broaden audience choice. Now, the regulator is proposing to cease to apply these policies, saying they have not achieved their objective of securing the availability ...
Tags: London, Top, Industry, Radio, Ofcom, Community Radio


Ofcom awards extra transmitters to community radio stations

Ofcom is currently assessing 127 applications from community radio stations requesting an improvement or an extension to their coverage areas. So far, a number of radio stations have been granted further frequencies or higher power, and the regulator says the work is nearing completion. We’ll update this list once all the requests have been made public, but for now, here are the changes approved so far: Extra relay transmitters have been agreed for: Cambridge 105 (Cambridge) to serve Cambour...
Tags: Radio, Ofcom, Oxford, Sheffield, Cambridge, Belfast, Bolton, Basildon, Midlothian, Tamworth, Anglesey, Harleston, Mildenhall, Portsoy, Aberdare, Community Radio


Nominations out for the Community Radio Awards 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Community Radio Awards has been revealed. Awards chair Martin Steers said: “The breadth and depth of entries never ceases to amaze, and yet again our judging panel from across the industry has had some tough choices to make. “Thanks also go to our sponsors, who make the awards possible and help us to keep entry fees and ticket pricing accessible.” The awards take place on October 26, at Memo Arts Centre in Barry. Here are all the nominations: Community Development P...
Tags: UK, Top, Awards, Radio, Showtime, Rob, Meridian, Walsh, Desi, Chris Kaye, Bbc Local Radio, Community Radio Awards, Community Radio, Martin Steers, Pat Hart, Memo Arts Centre


BBC Somerset holds development day for Community Radio

A new partnership is emerging between BBC local radio and community radio in Somerset. BBC Somerset and the nine community radio stations in its area are coming together to collaborate on training and sharing content. Representatives from Apple FM, Frome FM, Glastonbury FM, Radio Ninesprings, Sedgemoor FM, Somer Valley FM, 10Radio, Tone FM and West Somerset Radio met in the offices of BBC Somerset in Taunton for a development day recently. The idea was the vision of BBC Somerset’s managing ...
Tags: Top, Bbc, Radio, NICK, Somerset, Taunton, Dom, BBC Somerset, Radio Academy, Community Radio, Nick Bull, Community Media Association, Dom Chambers, West Somerset Radio, Somerset BBC Somerset, Somer Valley FM


Beat Radio goes off-air after all station audio deleted

Community station Beat Radio has been broadcasting non-stop music, ads and idents for almost a week following an electrical issue at its studio base. The station tells RadioToday all of the audio on the studio computers was deleted last Wednesday but it will be back to normal programming by the end of the month once it has rebuilt its playout system. Beat Radio, previously known as City Beat and Preston FM, was silent for around 24 hours and the station was padlocked with a chain over the wee...
Tags: Top, Radio, Preston, LJ, Beat Radio, Community Radio, The North of England


Erewash Sound superheroes raise money for charity

A group of presenters dressed as superheroes to take on a fundraising assault course challenge has raised over £300. Erewash Sound presenters Claire Smiley, Jeannie Nicolas and Lucy Brierley dressed as Wonder Woman whilst Anjelica Dabbs took part as the radio station’s own superhero to take on KAPOW! at Markeaton Park in Derby on September 1st 2019. Hundreds of participants tackled the challenge at the city park to raise funds for Risley based Treetops Hospice with the KAPOW! course presentin...
Tags: Radio, Derby, Derbyshire, Risley, Community Radio, Erewash Sound, Claire Smiley Jeannie Nicolas, Lucy Brierley, Anjelica Dabbs, Markeaton Park, Treetops Hospice, Clare Smiley, Clare Smiley Anjelica Dabbs Jeannie Nicolas


Mike Shaft to open Community Media Conference 2019

Presenter Mike Shaft will give the opening address at the 2019 Community Media Conference at MediaCityUK in Salford on Saturday 28th September. This year’s key themes at the conference are: Production – improve your radio skills with four hours of master-classes Small-scale digital audio broadcasting – the latest updates on tech, licensing, and funding Sustainability – how to successfully apply to the Community Radio Fund and to the Audio Content Fund Dialogue – hear from leading figures in ...
Tags: UK, Top, Radio, Salford, Community Radio, John Dash, Community Media Association, Phil Korbel, Mike Shaft, The North of England, Community Radio Fund, Lawrie Hallett


Lottery Grant for North Surrey community radio station

Insanity Radio, North Surrey’s community radio station, has been awarded a £9,950 funding grant from The National Lottery Community Fund. The grant will be used to build a new multimedia studio, which the station will use to produce radio, podcast and visual content, as well as to train volunteers and local school children who have an interest in media. This project is part of Insanity’s plan to further digitise its radio production, replacing the station’s existing production studio. Jamie ...
Tags: Radio, Community Radio, Insanity Radio